Consultancy: End-line meta-review of the IDM program

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– Assess and report on the extent to which the four-year IDM Program has achieved its intended outcomes
– March-June 2020
– Home base with some travel to Canberra


The purpose of the IDM Program 2016-2020 is: by 2020 the measure will be ready for global use as an individual measure of deprivation and a tool for tracking how development is changing the lives of the most deprived.

The Program has four outcome areas (Pillars) and associated evaluation domains, related to: 1) the validity and robustness of the measure, itself; 2) data informing an assessment of IDM strengths through multiple use-cases in different contexts; 3) the provision of technology to enable use of the IDM tool and data by others in support of easy and wide uptake, and; 4) enhanced and informed global debate on individual-level, gender-sensitive, multidimensional poverty measurement.

ANU holds a Head Agreement for the Program with DFAT and IWDA and ANU are collaborating partners for the delivery of the Program with a separate Collaboration Agreement. As the two implementing partners, ANU and IWDA lead on different outcome areas with collaboration on activity level and intermediary outcomes.

The work of the IDM Program is complex and varied, with activities across a range of types and levels of work  including survey development, quantitative data collection with samples ranging from ~2,500 to 9,000 and associated statistical analysis, qualitative research, technology development, strategic advocacy and engagement and communications. Research or preparations for research was undertaken in Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Africa and Solomon Islands. Strategic engagement was undertaken in these contexts, regionally, in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America and via engagement in various global fora.


The meta-review for the end line evaluation is (largely) a desk-based exercise to review component pieces of Program monitoring and evaluation for the purposes of assessing and reporting the extent to which the IDM Program has achieved its intended outcomes, identifying any unintended outcomes we have achieved, and reporting lessons on barriers and enablers of achievement.

The Program has an approved Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework, structured around five key areas of investigation – the four outcome areas (Pillars) outlined above, and the fifth which relates to efficiency. Recognising the need to evaluate different components of the program with different methodologies and draw on experts with different skill sets, the end line evaluation is comprised of a series of evaluative pieces geared towards answering specific questions relevant to the different Pillars of work undertaken through the IDM Program. These include:

  • A Learning Report from the Myanmar IDM Study;
  • An evaluation of the Indonesia IDM Study;
  • An evaluation of the Republic of South Africa IDM Study;
  • A statistical review of the IDM’s sampling strategy and work to determine which questions produce the most in regards to gender-sensitive data;
  • A framework for estimating the IDM’s cost-per-data point for future use, considering the implementation context to date (trialling and refining) and the experience of the other multi-topic surveys, as a key consideration for useability and sustainability;
  • A mapping exercise to identify how the IDM contributes to the gender-data eco system and its relative value-add;
  • A synthesis of feedback in relation to the technology prototype by beta-users.


Receive Inception briefing and refinement of the evaluation methodology, work plan and timeframesBy 20 March 20203 hours
Desk-based review of program documentsBy 5 April3 days
Key informant interview guides developedBy 5 April½ day
Conference Participation6-8 April3 days
Key informant interviews completed (12-15 interviews)By 24 April (with face to face interviews scheduled for the margins of the Conference)4 days
Program Partners WorkshopBy 30 April1.5 days
Desk based review of commissioned endline evaluation documentsBy 25 May (documents may not be available until 8 May)5 days
First draft of Report5 June6 days
Incorporation of feedback19 June4 day
Final Report29 June½ day


The consultant should possess the following skills and experience:


  • The evaluation Team Leader must have over 7 years’ experience in evaluation, and a relevant tertiary qualification. Active membership to a recognised evaluation society (such as, but not limited to, the Australasian Evaluation Society) will be assessed positively.
  • Capacity to translate complex ideas into accessible information to communicate to those with and without deep programmatic knowledge
  • Knowledge of the global poverty measurement and gender data landscape
  • Experience evaluating programs delivering innovation through their outcomes


  • Experience evaluating programs delivered through multi-stakeholder partnerships


For full details, see the consultancy Terms of Reference.


Candidates are invited to submit expressions of interest (no more than 3 pages) addressing the following:

  • An outline of the proposed methodology and work plan for undertaking the work and completing the deliverables
  • A statement against the criteria as set out in the essential requirements for the team leader (CVs of the Team Leader and any other team member to be involved should be provided as an annex)
  • A detailed timeline and budget indicating fixed and indicative costs, including travel costs (to attend the end of Program Conference and Program Partners Workshop in Canberra in April 2020 from home post, including reasonable accommodation and per diem costs on a reimbursable basis).

Expressions of interest that do not cover these requirements will not be considered. Applications will be assessed on a continuous basis until closing on 11.59pm, Tuesday 10 March 2020; we encourage all applicants to submit early. Applications should be sent to or contact 0405 751 565 for more information 

International Women’s Development Agency  encourages candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and candidates with disabilities to apply. Any offer of engagement will require a National Police Check and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct.